Blue Jackets beat Penguins 5-4 to avoid sweep

After only scoring two goals combined in the first two games of the series, Columbus scored three goals in just over six minutes of the first period. For instance, even though they should have spent the third period trying to protect a two-goal lead, Columbus was more than happy to trade chances with Mike Sullivan's squad.

The Columbus Blue Jackets ensured Tuesday would not be their elimination night with a 5-4 win over the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. "They earned the win, and we didn't have the desperation that we needed to win the game".

Karlsson made it 4-2 on a wraparound off his shot 27 seconds into the third period. "That boosted our play", Jenner said.

Sidney Crosby went back and forth behind the net in overtime Sunday night like he was skating some kind of cone drill.

This time Bruins rallied from a 3-0 deficit with three goals in second period, tying the game on a power play goal by David Pastrnak. The rookie with the lightning-quick release buried the puck for the game-winning goal in the Penguins' 5-4 overtime victory.

The Penguins, meanwhile, will look to secure the seventh four-game sweep in their history.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS: Bryan Rust continues to make his presence felt in the NHL's second season, scoring twice in Game 3 to give him seven goals in his past 11 playoff games and five tallies in his last eight contests overall. Ten minutes later, Phil Kessel passed the puck out to Hainsey to the far right and he beat a shielded Bobrovsky from a severe angle.

The Penguins attempted to get the puck from behind their own net and into the neutral zone, but Atkinson skated into the passing lane, earned the takeaway, pushed toward the crease, got Fleury off-balance and slipped a backhanded shot under him for the goal.

New York Rangers' Kevin Klein, right, checks Montreal Canadiens' Torrey Mitchell over the boards during the third period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in New York.

The Blue Jackets come out with plenty of energy but seem to falter towards the end of the game. "We've got to get ourselves regrouped tomorrow and get ready for Thursday".

"We had to stay with it", Crosby said. D Markus Nutivaara made his playoff debut for the Blue Jackets, replacing D Scott Harrington.

If they advance, their projected second-round opponent, the Washington Capitals, are getting everything they can handle from the Toronto Maple Leafs, splitting overtime games at home in a series that resumes tonight north of the border.

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